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Introduction

 
Introduction

Chapter: 1 - Introduction

Subchapter: 1 - Introduction

Each of our lives is a story. We journey along a road of experiences and emotions, passing significant milestones along the way. When suddenly, the road beneath our feet takes a sharp turn, breaking from what was once certain.

Breast cancer causes this break. Perspective ruthlessly shifts; you and your loved ones see the road differently than before.

However, we see the road has not ended–it continues on through new hills and new valleys. We know that life has done this before, curiously forcing us into foreign places and down roads that seemed impassable. Yet somehow these challenges become fertile soil where seeds of strength, love, and resilience mature and grow strong.

Remember, this is a road that has been traversed by thousands of women, women with full lives and loved ones. Women whose dreams–whose lives–were threatened by breast cancer. Women who now share stories of endurance and hope.

Beyond the Shock® is first and foremost a resource for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Secondly, it is for their loved ones to gain a better understanding of the disease and to feel a stronger sense of connection. Finally, it is for doctors to reinforce their instruction and advice.

This is the first of a series of videos, divided up into chapters and sub-chapters. These videos will provide information for you to process, share and use to your own benefit. You will learn about breast cancer: it’s types and stages, how it grows, how it is diagnosed, and how it is treated. More than anything else, Beyond the Shock® is a place to gain knowledge for today and receive hope for tomorrow.

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  • Terri Miller Profile

    As you go thru the chemo treatments, do the side effects progressively get worse?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 6 years 7 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Terri,
      Just as Michele said, we are all different. I didn't have cumulative effects I had a week where I felt like I had the flu and then got better. It depends on how your body handles the chemo and how it recovers from each treatment. Take care Sharon

      Comment
    • Isabel Souchet Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      Yes everyone is different. Mine got worse each treatment. Ive met people that really did well. My onco said i was an exception, i had every side effect.

      Comment
  • Ryan Nez Profile

    What is HR2 cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 3 answers
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    What is the general prognosis for stage one triple negative breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 2 answers
    • Trish Watt Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I was diagnosed with stage one triple negative Breast cancer in 2005. They didn't know much about it back then other than it being an aggressive type of cancer that they usually went at with strong Chemo. A/C and Taxol dose dense which means Chemo every other week for 8 rounds of treatment. I was...

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      I was diagnosed with stage one triple negative Breast cancer in 2005. They didn't know much about it back then other than it being an aggressive type of cancer that they usually went at with strong Chemo. A/C and Taxol dose dense which means Chemo every other week for 8 rounds of treatment. I was treated at Rush Medical Center in Chicago, I don't know where you live but if it's near a big city go to a teaching hospital, they have all the latest treatments. I'm doing great and with all of the anti-nausea drugs they have now I was fortunate NOT to get sick even once but everyone responds differently. To their treatments. Now days they have found that treating Cancer is very specific for each person and they treat you for your needs not based on someone else's response. You are going down a long road of treatment but you will get through. This is a great site to get answers, they didn't even have it 6 years ago so see they are making progress. Stay positive, you are woman, hear us ROAR!

      Comment
    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Your prognosis is excellent. I would encourage you to do everything your doctors tell and take excellent care of yourself like eat right and get plenty of sleep. In going through cancer treatment, I realized God loves me and will help me through this. God loves you and will help you too.

      Comment
  • ruby lee64 Profile

    What does DCIS stand for?

    Asked by anonymous

    Stage 1 Patient
    about 6 years 4 answers
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    • Lysa Allison Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It means the cancer is inside the duct and has not yet gotten out.

      Comment
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It stands for Ductal Carcinoma In Situ

      Comment

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